This post was supposed to be published last week following the All-Star game, but that didn’t happen. Speaking of the ASG, who thought it was going to be as low scoring as it was? With the game meaning “nothing” again I figured it’d be something along the lines of 10-9 or something. I think it just shows, even with all the home runs this year, pitching is still dominant in baseball today.
Alright, now onto our rankings. Shane and I each came up with our top 10 position players as well as our top 10 pitchers as of the break. We will publish our final top 10 once the season concludes. Now remember, this is based on fantasy baseball.
- Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
- Aaron Judge (OF)
- Bryce Harper (OF)
- Charlie Blackmon (OF)
- Joey Votto (1B)
- Nolan Arenado (3B)
- Mookie Betts (OF)
- George Springer (OF)
- Daniel Murphy (2B/1B)
- Jose Ramirez (2B/3B/OF)
As you can see by this list, the OF is stacked. More than likely each team has a top tier OF on their roster in your league. If you’re lucky enough to have multiple top tier guys, bravo to you! I can say I’m lucky enough to be the owner of three of these top 10 guys in our dynasty league (Goldy/Betts/Ramirez), but a lot of that is buying in early.
- Chris Sale
- Max Scherzer
- Clayton Kershaw
- Corey Kluber
- Alex Wood
- Stephen Strasburg
- Zach Greinke
- Robbie Ray
- Carlos Martinez
- Craig Kimbrel
To be fair, I had this list made up before they announced the starters for the ASG. It’s hard to argue that Sale and Scherzer haven’t been the best so far this year. Of course you could argue Kershaw has been better, but that’s the same argument each year it seems. Hopefully we get to see Sale in the postseason this year to show us how he handles pressure. A lot of these guys are the same guys you see at the top every year. Alex Wood and Robbie Ray are a couple young guys trying to mix it up with “ace” potential. Carlos Martinez has had a real good year very quietly, which is why I slotted him in here over guys like Ervin Santana and the surprise Jason Vargas. C-Mart is good and has been consistent over the last 3 seasons, including this year.
- Paul Goldschmidt (1B, Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Joey Votto (1B, Cincinnati Reds)
- Aaron Judge (OF, New York Yankees)
- Bryce Harper (OF, Washington Nationals)
- Charlie Blackmon (OF, Colorado Rockies)
- George Springer (OF, Houston Astros)
- Mookie Betts (OF, Boston Red Sox)
- Daniel Murphy (2B/1B, Washington Nationals)
- Anthony Rizzo (1B/2B (ugh), Chicago Cubs)
- Jose Ramirez (3B/2B/OF, Cleveland Indians)
By my count, eight of the names below aren’t all that surprising. If Mike Trout were healthy, he’d easily be among these 10 hitters, but his thumb injury and subsequent time missed opened the door for my favorite type of player: a guy with both IF and OF eligibility. Eligibility certainly comes into play and a couple of my picks here might go slightly off consensus for ten best fantasy hitters of the first half. For me, though, they are extra valuable because of that added flexibility.
- Max Scherzer (SP, Washington Nationals)
- Clayton Kershaw (SP, Los Angeles Dodgers)
- Chris Sale (SP, Boston Red Sox)
- Corey Kluber (SP, Cleveland Indians)
- Alex Wood (SP, Los Angeles Dodgers)
- Robbie Ray (SP, Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Zack Greinke (SP, Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Ervin Santana (SP, Minnesota Twins)
- Craig Kimbrel (RP, Boston Red Sox)
- Stephen Strasburg (SP, Washington Nationals)
The names of the top four pitchers below are the same names that occupied the top of my pitcher rankings in the preseason. The only thing that has changed is the order, ever so slightly (I still think Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball, but Scherzer had a better first half). After that, though, we have a few major surprises, two who have shown flashes of greatness but had something holding them back and one guy who has always been a reliably solid arm becoming a fantasy ace this year. Throw in a reliever and a couple guys who typically hang around the top 10 and you have a mighty fine class of fantasy pitchers for the first half of 2017.